With England winger Andros Townsend continuously being linked with a move away from Spurs this month, Louis East argues whether it’s time for the North London club to cash in.
Tottenham’s Andros Townsend is a man in demand. The 24-year-old winger has fallen down the pecking order at Spurs since Mauricio Pochettino arrived and is now a £12 million target for a host of Premier League sides.
It is believed that former manager Tim Sherwood wants him at Aston Villa, while Newcastle, Sunderland and London rivals West Ham are also keen to secure the England international’s services.
Spurs are reportedly willing to sell their academy product if an offer of at least £12 million arrives before the end of the transfer window. But should they be so willing to let him go?Embed from Getty Images
Playing time isn’t guaranteed for Townsend this season, especially as he found it difficult to force his way into Pochettino’s first-team plans last term. He missed the opening day trip to Old Trafford with a shoulder injury and played no part in their preseason trips to the USA and Germany.
He may be back in training now but it’s hard to envisage Townsend getting many league starts this season. Nacer Chadli, Moussa Dembele and Erik Lamela are all ahead of the pacey wide-man at this point, with the Lilywhites still looking to strengthen out wide as Clinton N’Jie is reportedly closing in on a move to England.
That could see Townsend settling for regular Europa League games on Thursday nights and cameo appearances from the bench in the league – something that the player himself wouldn’t be too keen on ahead of the European Championships at the end of the season.
Despite his lack of playing time at club level, Roy Hodgson remains a big fan of Townsend but there’s only so little action a player can see before he is overlooked for a place in an international tournament squad.
Spurs supporters were excited when Townsend burst onto the scene two years ago after more than nine loan spells at English clubs, but he has since grown very predictable and sections of White Hart Lane can be heard groaning with every wasted step-over the academy product pulls off.
Too many wasteful crosses and off-target longshots have seen Townsend’s path to stardom halted. A fresh start at another top-flight club, with regular game time guaranteed would give him another chance to prove his quality, and would surely secure him a place in Hodgson’s England squad for Euro 2016.
Spurs are actively looking for new wingers, while a new wave of young talent, headed by Alex Pritchard will only make it more difficult for Townsend to forge his way back to where he was when Tim Sherwood was in charge in 2014.
Time looks to be up and with Spurs looking to secure the signing of N’Jie for an estimated £12 million, Townsend will more than likely be sold to pay for the signing of the young Cameroon international.